Richard is an independent advisor in the strategic transformation of technology & business operations and process sourcing, outsourcing & offshoring by new business models based on the direct sourcing of services, including through the agency of ‘the Cloud’. He runs his own practice (‘Dr Richard Sykes’) and is Research Director, Cloud and Executive Advisor for Bloor.

He chairs the UK Cloud Industry Forum, where he is a judge for their annual UK Cloud Awards. He is a Director of EuroCloudUK and a Council member of EuroCloud Europe. He chaired the TMMi Foundation 2009-2014.

A scientist by education (Cambridge, UK and Yale, USA) Richard worked with the former chemical major ICI plc from 1973-1999 in international business and commercial management and leadership roles, serving as ICI’s Global Group VP IT & CIO 1993-1999. He chaired the outsourcing consultancy Morgan Chambers 1999-2005, and served on the Board of Intellect, the UK’s IT, Telecoms and Electronics industries association (now TechUK). Between 2008 and 2015 he wrote a regular column in IDG’s CIO Magazine.